Bishoujo Senshi Sailor MoonEpisode Three: "Mysterious Sleeping Illness, Protect the Maidens' Hearts in Love"
"Otome" is not translated to "girls".
Before I get in on the synopses, let me point some stuff out.
On this episode I did notice a few annoyingly distracting marks on the film early on, but it's just a nitpicky thing so no matter:
I also noticed a lot of marks across the film on the bottom, mostly during scene changes. Are these tape marks?
Now that I've pointed out the film flaws of 1992 it's time to get started! Synopsis on First Half:
The episode once again starts out with Usagi's description of herself and her encounter with Luna.
Queen Beryl asks Jadeite about the energy to give to their ruler. Jadeite confirms it will only take a little while longer. He states that he is working with his minion Flowa.
Usagi is sitting in her bedroom in her PJs listen to the radio. The same goes for Naru. They are listening to a man reading peoples' love letters, this particular one being sent in by their teacher, Haruna, to which Usagi denies that it could be her. A flower brooch is sent to whoever sends in a love letter to be read. Usagi whines that she wants a brooch, not listening to Luna's calls for her. In the background the announcer reveals the name of the radio show as "#10 Midnight Zero" and his own name as J-Dite. Luna still calls for Usagi as she wonders how she will write a love letter if she never has before and to whom she will be writing to. Luna snaps her back to reality by yelling her name. Luna says that Usagi should get some rest so she doesn't oversleep again. Luna reminds Usagi that she doesn't have time to listen to late-night radio because of her mission. Usagi finally accepts and goes to bed.
The next day, Usagi's father is reading a newspaper article on a disease spreading around that renders you incapable of waking up if you fall asleep. He says that it would be nice for a change, but his wife disagrees and states that she needs him to work hard.
All of a sudden Usagi yells out that she is late for school and says goodbye as soon as she greets her parents good morning.
However, Haruna-sensei has not arrived, and therefore Usagi does not get in any trouble. Umino points out that it is unusual for Haruna-sensei to be late. Moments later she steps in to the classroom, dropping books from her arms as she walked along, and ultimately tripping herself on her own two feet. Usagi notices the flower brooch in Haruna-sensei's hair. Haruna-sensei announces that in lieu of regular curriculum, the students may study whatever they desire. She states that she is very sleepy. Usagi says that it is very lucky for her that this has occurred.
Luna walks along the sidewalk by herself, complaining about Usagi's habit of not listening to her. Just then, a store opens, it being the Game Center arcade. Motoki greets Luna, and Luna worries that he might have heard her speak, which, luckily he had not. Motoki runs off to get Luna some milk, which makes Luna wish she was treated like this by Usagi. An ambulance passes by, Luna wondering what had happened.
Back at the school, Haruna-sensei, asleep, is carried off to an ambulance. She wouldn't wake up no matter what the students did, which makes Naru realize that Haruna-sensei might have that disease spreading around. Usagi claims that sleeping forever would be nice, defending her point by saying you would get to stay in your dreams forever.
At the radio station, the president receives more letters addressed to "Midnight Zero", which, the president claims, does not even exist. He wonders why they get so many responses for it. The president orders the worker who brought him the letters to throw the letters away, as a woman steps in and says she will take care of them for him.
Usagi and Naru walk along the sidewalk talking about the radio show Midnight Zero, which they both listen to. Usagi says she might write a letter to her future boyfriend, running right into that bystander. He laughs at Usagi for not facing him while apologizing, saying that it is good to "apologize to the telephone pole", which she was facing. He says that the warm weather may be affecting her head. Naru says he is gorgeous, to which Usagi disagrees whole-heartedly.
Back home, Usagi is determined to write her love letter. Luna digresses and says that a love letter doesn't mean much if you don't give it to the person yourself. Usagi doesn't listen and tries to think of something to write, but fails in the process. She decides she will ask J-Dite himself on how she can write the letter.
At the radio station, a security guard informs Usagi that Midnight Zero doesn't exist and asks her to return home.
Usagi does return home and stares at the clock intently, waiting for the scheduled time of Midnight Zero. The radio show does indeed start up and gets underway. Luna looks at the radio schedule and states that a different show is scheduled for this time.
At the radio station, in an eerie mood, J-Dite, none other than Jadeite, is reading Naru's love letter, smirking as he holds a flower brooch in his hand.Opinions on First Half:
I love the idea of this episode. It seems unique, and the plan to steal the energy is very clever. Wouldn't it be nice to have a radio station like that? I'm not gonna lie, I'm very shy about love letters and stuff like that, so a radio station in reality dedicated to that would be a huge load off my back.
I chuckled at Jadeite's fail of a cover name. J-Dite really gave it away.
Luna's reaction to Motoki's kindness was cute:
I might even make it into an avatar some time.
The fact that Midnight Zero didn't exist according to the radio station staff made it more mysterious and eerie. I liked that.Synopsis on Second Half:
Back at school, Naru gets her flower brooch which arrived that morning. Usagi notices that it looks exactly like Haruna-sensei's. Naru pins it on her collar and immediately the brooch starts collecting Naru's energy, making Naru sleepy. Naru falls asleep. Trying to snap her out of it, Usagi gets too close to the brooch and it takes some of her energy as well. Usagi falls asleep as well, dreaming that she is flying slowly in the moonlit sky. She notices Tuxedo Mask floating near her. Usagi realizes that Tuxedo Mask must be her future boyfriend. She asks him to show her his face. As he obliges and begins to take his mask off, Luna snaps Usagi out of it. Luna suspects there must be something occurring at the radio station.
Jadeite is holding a rather large ball of energy collected from people with the flower brooches. He states he never knew that young women with dreams of love would have so much energy. He explains that the flower brooches continue to collect energy even after the girls are put to sleep by absorbing their dreams of love. It is almost time, once again, for Midnight Zero.
At the radio station, Usagi tries to sneak in but notices the guard sitting at his desk. Luna says it is not a problem and gives Usagi a pen that allows her to disguise herself and change into any person she wants. Luna explains to yell "Moon Power" and state who she wants to transform into. Usagi uses the pen and changes herself into a "beautiful newscaster".
Jadeite begins the Midnight Zero show as Usagi looks through a circular window in the door. Luna notices that he's taken over the regularly scheduled program for Midnight Zero. Usagi steps in the room and takes over the show, posing as an emergency news flash announcer. She explains to the audience that the flower brooches sent from the show are deemed to be very dangerous and warns them not to touch them if they get sent to them. Usagi re-uses Luna's words and tells the audience that a love letter means nothing if they don't give it to the person themselves. Luna notices and complains that Usagi stole her line. The woman, really the youma Flowa, breaks through the window, and Usagi and Luna attempt to escape her grasp. Luna informs Usagi that she must transform, and Usagi does so, transforming into Sailor Moon. She uses her usual "punishing" speech. Jadeite realizes that Sailor Moon is the one interfering with their plans. He introduces himself as Flowa charges in on Luna and Sailor Moon. They are able to make it to the roof-top, but Flowa does so as well. Desperately dodging Flowa's attacks, Sailor Moon accidentally runs up to Flowa, nearly slashed by her nails. Sailor Moon uses Moon Tiara Action by order of Luna, which, at first, completely misses Flowa. Sailor Moon, however, is able to move the tiara at will, catching Flowa off guard, winning Sailor Moon the battle. Sailor Moon challenges Jadeite to a fight, but her Moon Tiara Action is stopped in mid-air by Jadeite. Sailor Moon tries a new approach: melee. As she charges toward Jadeite with a kick, he knocks her back without even having to lay a hand on her. Jadeite slowly makes his way toward Sailor Moon, when a rose pierces the roof right in front of him, stopping him right in his tracks. Jadeite disappears into a black hole. Tuxedo Mask bids Sailor Moon farewell as he always does.
Haruna-sensei finally wakes up, as do the radio staff who got their show taken over and Naru.
At school, Usagi writes a love letter to her "dear Tuxedo Mask", getting it stolen by Naru, who is surprised she is still going on about love letters, considering Midnight Zero is over. Usagi claims she will give this love letter to that certain person herself, and pleads Naru to return the letter. Naru does not oblige and instead begins to read the letter, embarrassing Usagi. Haruna-sensei also joins in the struggle to get the love letter as she also wants to read it. The episode ends with a "NO!" from Usagi.Opinions on Second Half:
I think the ability to disguise herself can come in handy for Usagi. I don't particularly like the transformation animation for that, but I like the idea in general.
I thought the fight in this episode was so much better than the one in the last episode. Jadeite even got to show off his powers a little, and Tuxedo Mask, once again, had the perfect timing. xD
I feel bad for Usagi because of Naru and Haruna-sensei's desire of reading her love letter.
Great idea, great execution, good animation, awesome music, awesome episode. Can't wait to see more!